Monday, May 16, 2011

Thor Is Great In 3D, But He's No Superhero


By Talon Bronson 
Reporter
Youth Journalism International
PORTLAND, Oregon, U.S.A. – I base a lot of the movies I go and see around ratings. I’m not proud of it, I’m maybe even a little ashamed, but I can’t deny when I’m scrolling through the list of movie times over Fandango, or any other ticket purchasing site, the first thing I will look for is the average person’s review.
So, with trepidation, I went to see Thor. It wasn’t the highest rated movie, but it had received decent reviews, and was the only one I had a spark of interest in seeing.
Shelling out a good week’s paycheck, I marveled at how buying tickets on a Friday night for a 3D film is a little like being a blood donor – it leaves you weak and pale. I settled in the theater with a soda that cost me $4.50, and hoped that the lightness of my wallet was about to be justified.
The movie starts, the lights go off, the 3D glasses go on…
The first thing you should really know is, Thor isn’t really a superhero movie. Now, I haven’t read the comics, so maybe that’s why I was expecting something different.
Coming from Marvel, with Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and almost every other superhero movie that has come out recently, is it wrong that I assumed I was in for another crime fighting superhero flick?
I’m sure Thor would fight crime, if that had been the movie’s scenario, but it wasn’t.
Thor is not a superhero movie. Thor is a god movie.
The film opens up on Natalie Portman, who plays Jane Foster, a scientist studying odd weather patterns. Foster and her team chase down a lightning storm that she had been able to predict with her equipment, unknowingly placing them right in the landing zone of exiled god Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth.
And then Earth is gone, for a good half an hour. The film sets its sight on the heavens, and you forget all about petty little humans, as you become entranced in the lore of the gods, battles against the Frost Giants, and Anthony Hopkins with an eye patch, playing Odin, the king of gods.
The film comes back to Earth after a while, but the land of the gods is never far away. With a powerless Thor among the lab equipment and a ragtag group of scientists providing comic relief, I was just waiting for the next battle in the sky.
Thor does well in the fact that it doesn’t try to be like any of the other superhero movies that came before it. It’s not necessarily a great flick. Sometimes, the acting is rather subpar.
But it is a good flick, when it comes to the fact that every part of the movie, generally, is solid.
I just have to say, on a little bit of a side note, how much better 3D has become. For the longest time I couldn’t stand movies in 3D. Only recently have the glasses been worth wearing, and out of the few that make it so, Thor is one of them.
If you have no interest in the story – which actually is fairly decent, if a little on the minimal side – then 3D is the selling point for this film. As the gods dance around the sky, there is nothing quiet like the glasses to make you feel like you’re there.
Thor isn’t bad. The story could have used a little more depth, but nowadays, so can almost everything. The computer generated imagery was incredible, and the fight scenes well done, and extremely epic in scope.
Go see it. Just don’t expect a superhero movie because you won’t get one. After all, Thor is much more than a superhero.

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